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North East Body Psychology

Prof Lynda Boothroyd and Dr Elizabeth Evans run research at Durham on body perception and body ideals in children and adults. This research includes cognitive, developmental and a large cross-cultural perspective. See below for recent and ongoing research.


Cognitive Underpinnings of Body Ideals

In collaboration with Prof Martin Tovee and Dr Thomas Pollet, these studies are seeking to understand how cognitive processes may contribute to the way in which we represent and express perceptions of body shape attractiveness. For instance: different forms of learning may both contribute to changes in body weight preferences; dissonance based interventions may affect implicit thin-bias

Body Ideals and Body Image Across Development

These studies examine body image and body size ideals in children and young people. For instance: sociocultural pressures drive disordered eating attitudes from an early age.